1. I just changed the title of my last post - I realized it ended up being more about looking ahead to 2014 rather than a review of 2013.
2. I might still go back and do a recap post of my favorite 2013 posts...but unlike all of the great bloggers out there who are posting those recaps right now (when you should)...I'm...not...ready :)
3. I have to be honest...even though I've been 'off' work for about a week I don't even feel like I've had a vacation...I really need to work on my worrying and anxiety...#workinprogress y'all
4. My last holiday decorations showed up Christmas Eve...as I was running around like a mad woman trying to be all Martha Stewart-like...(I also need to work on placing such high expectations on myself).
Here's THE tree from Pottery Barn...my Dad was nice enough to help me put it up Christmas Eve in the dining room...it's a beauty. Still not sure I can part with my charlie brown tree though that I've had for-ever...I did donate a big pile of stuff to a veterans association on NYE morning...so I did feel good about that...trust the purging will continue (along with learning about willpower and all that jazz)
5. I ordered this garland from Amazon (Prime is so good it's dangerous)...I was expecting it to be a little more life-like but I like how it looks on top of the cabinets - I was trying to mimic the Pioneer Woman's lovely decorated kitchen...
6. I managed to get one of my 2014 DIY projects completed right under the wire...(thanks to my father for agreeing to install them for me!)
I've struggled with this space between the entry from the living room and the basement door...(you might remember I had all of the sunburst mirrors hanging there before)...I also had a bakers rack there at one time that I kept knocking into...
I decided to go for open shelving (if you follow me on Pinterest you know that I'm crazy for open shelving in the kitchen).
I used red oak boards again from Lowe's (the same wood as my Dining room shelves)
This time I had them cut fit the opening between the trim of the doors (26 1/2" for me). I used a gift card I received for Christmas so this project was pretty inexpensive :)
I used the same stain for both projects (you need very little so you can get away with using one of these small 1/2 pints). I used a foam brush and wiping cloths (brush on the stain, let it penetrate and then wipe off the excess...repeat). I then brushed on a coat of poly to seal everything in.
I bought the brackets from House of Antique hardware...but I would recommend getting some screws from Lowe's, here's the ones we used. Maybe it's just us but the screws that come with the brackets seem to strip pretty easily.
There's just something about empty shelves...I love styling...meanwhile...I need to figure out a fancy DIY to cover up that smoke alarm...it's just not working for me...
7. I'm pretty obsessed with how they turned out...about halfway through the installation I felt like I made a terrible mistake because they are so high...and my two doorways are different heights...but now that all my lovely blue and silver, glass and ceramic, vintage and new are mixing together...LOVE
8. You knew more beauty shots were coming right?? Fun fact: I have no idea what the 2nd light switch controls...who does that?? I'm probably opening and closing someone's garage door every time I try it again thinking it will magically turn on/off a light in my house!
9. The day after Christmas I went to Hagerstown to the outlets and stopped at a few antique malls (just two...I was pressed for time)...I found these two great ornate spreaders...
10. My Mom and I spent the day together yesterday - we went to Old Town Alexandria...drove by National Harbor for a few photos...and stopped by Georgetown Cupcake - my Instagram was overloaded with photos of the great shops and holiday decorations.
Here's what I came home with:
Beautiful paper from the PaperSource. No idea what I'm going to do with the paper yet but I'm pretty excited!
Gemstone beads from Potomac Bead Store
Key glitter ornament from a little French shop
My absolute favorite thing my Mom and I got on NYE - matching glittery holiday light up houses. I love how they look like the little vintage houses my grandmother had in her house when I was growing up. This one came from a store called Red Barn Mercantile.
For now it has a place of honor in the dining room - next to my Lily&Val chalkboard print for NYE (www.lilyandval.com). I attached the image using a command strip to a sheet of glitter fabric paper I found at HobbyLobby.
11. Finally, I stopped by HomeGoods earlier in the day yesterday (not needing ANYTHING of course)...I ended up buying these great pillows along with a new cutlery organizer (exciting!). As you can see I'm not scared of mixing patterns (I get this combo probably isn't for everyone, but I dig it so that's that... :)
Have a wonderful rest of the week!